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School-Based Intensive for Occupational Therapy Practitioners - Online
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 Export to Your Calendar 8/10/2020 to 8/11/2020
When: August 10-11, 2020
8:30 am-5:00 pm Mountain Time
Where: Livestreamed via Zoom Video Conferencing
Contact: (720) 507-7461


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Program Outline

This 2-day training course will support the clinician to gain an advanced understanding of sensory processing and integration theory, the STAR frame of reference adapted for the schools, evaluation, and various strategies of intervention. The clinician will learn to apply clinical reasoning through lectures, video treatment observation and analysis with experienced STAR faculty. The course will end with an opportunity for each clinician to develop an action plan to take back to their own practice.

5 hours of recorded course content will be made available through STAR's Online Learning platform 3 weeks in advance and is a required prerequisite for attending the live-streamed portion of the program.


Online Recorded Content:

  • Introduction: Background information on sensory processing from Dr. Lucy Jane Miller
  • Frame of Reference: Even when the primary focus of intervention is sensory, the STAR Frame of Reference advocates for a continuous assessment of regulation, and relationships, in the context of mutable environments, social-emotional development, and attention.
  • PROCESS for schools: Introduction to the STAR Treatment Model: The integration of basic principles of sensory integration intervention based on Ayres' original theory and advanced treatment using our clinical reasoning methodology.
  • Research: An overview of SPD research from STAR Institute and the SPD Scientific Work Group as well as applicable research to school setting.
  • Sensory Processing and Integration: Discuss the necessity of integrated sensory systems to development as well as create an understanding of SPD and the SPD subtypes.
  • Regulation: Foundational to development, regulation will be defined and explored.
  • Relationship: What therapist will do to facilitate, cultivate, strengthen strong, healthy therapist/child, child/teacher, therapist/teacher relationships to support desired outcomes.

Livestreamed Content (2 days):

  • Differential Diagnoses of Subtypes: What do the different subtypes of SPD look like in the academic setting? What are the sensory principles of treatment for each?
  • Assessment: How to review existing data, interview and observe, complete clinical evaluation, formulate a hypothesis, and synthesize and analyze. 
  • Write-ups: How to write a participation focused evaluation that connects what was seen in the evaluation to the concerns in the classroom.
  • IEP Process: Use of Goal Attainment Scaling to develop goals, outline service delivery, define accommodations, and develop a data collection system to evaluate treatment effectiveness.
  • A SECRET: Become skilled in the use of this problem-solving tool that helps explain the complexity of OT clinical reasoning to other providers.
  • Treatment: How to develop a customized approach for specific sensory challenges that your student experiences. How to use advanced clinical reasoning to decide what level of service delivery is appropriate for your student, considering everything from a "consult as needed" model up through intensive short term pull out service delivery.
  • Appreciative inquiry: Follow a process for facilitating positive change in your own environment.

Cost
The full tuition for this program is $640 USD.  This includes both the prerequisite online recorded course content and live-streamed portions.

 

Agenda

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Who Should Attend
This intensive training program is designed for occupational therapy practitioners at all levels to enhance diagnostic and clinical reasoning skills. Courses will typically be limited to 35 participants so each person can receive individualized training.


Learning Objectives

The objective of STAR Institute's Sensory Processing Intensive for School-Based Occupational Therapy Practitioners is to provide participants with a basic comprehension of sensory processing theory and the ability to:

  • Explain how the three areas of sensory, relationships, and regulation can support students in each of the three tiers of RTI
  • Administer a variety of assessment tools to evaluate children with SPD in the school settings
  • Utilize a multifaceted approach to sensory processing and integration that includes consultation, accommodations and modifications, and remedial direct support services
  • Synthesize information in an OT assessment, write IEPs, and collaborate effectively with student’s team
  • Use clinical reasoning tools for intervention developed by Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and Dr. Sarah A. Schoen
  • Observe client session videos, analyze through clinical reasoning, and discuss treatment planning
  • Receive group processing/supervision guided by faculty level clinicians from the STAR Institute


Faculty

Colleen Cameron Whiting, MS, OTR/L
Faculty, STAR Institute for SPD
Colleen has been a practicing school-based occupational therapist since receiving her Master’s Degree from Boston University in 2000.  Her expertise lies in the combination of remedial and compensatory supports for children with sensory processing and regulation issues.  Colleen is passionate about the integration of sensory and relational supports for children. As a clinician, she prides herself on being grounded in engagement with a focus on fun and the goal of improving the quality of life for her students. Colleen has a special interest in working with children who have experienced trauma. She has published two articles in research journals regarding trauma and the role of the school-based occupational therapist. She is SIPT and DIR/Floortime certified as well as trained in the use of Integrated Listening Systems. Colleen is a member of the AOTA School Mental Health workgroup and has led multiple professional development trainings on sensory processing for occupational therapists, parents and educators.  Colleen is also the owner of a private practice called The SPARK Sensory Clinic.


Continuing Education
STAR Institute is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Approximately 19 Professional Contact Hours (1.9 CEUs) are awarded for full completion of this program. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Participants receive credential certificates documenting completion of the specialized training in SPD.


Cancellation Policy

All registrations must be finalized or cancelled for a full refund by August 3, 2020. Registrations cancelled after August 3, 2020 may be substituted or deferred to a future course sponsored by STAR Institute. Staff must be notified of substitutions at least 24 hours before the start of the event. Registrations cancelled due to a family emergency or other unexpected event or illness will be deferred to a future course sponsored by STAR Institute.

In the event this program must be cancelled due to illness, fire, strikes, war, acts of God, terrorism or other causes that would prevent the event from taking place, STAR Institute will attempt to reschedule the event. If the event is unable to be rescheduled, STAR Institute will refund all tuition fees paid.


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